Visprint, which started in the printing business in 1984 and ventured into publishing in 2001, is known for providing a space for Filipino authors.
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Visprint, publisher of celebrated author Bob Ong, to close shop
Jan Milo Severo (Philstar.com) - January 14, 2019 - 9:27pm

MANILA, Philippines — Visprint, the publication company behind Bob Ong’s books, confirmed speculations that it is closing in 2021.

In a lengthy Facebook post, Visprint also announced that its founders Efren and Nido Gatus would be retiring after the company’s closure. 

“May katotohanan ang balitang napipintong pamamahinga ng Visprint sa darating na 2021. Kasabay ito ng pagreretiro ng mga haligi ng kompanya matapos ang marami at mabungang mga taon ng buong-puso nilang pagsisilbi rito. Nagbibigay pugay ang Visprint sa magkapatid na nagsimula ng lahat. Saludo po, Sir Efren at Sir Nido!” the statement said.

With two more years left in the company, the publication house said it would remain active in joining different book fairs for the sake of their readers. 

“Makaaasa kayong patuloy naming ihahatid ang mga paborito ninyong komiks at aklat mula sa mga sinusubaybayan ninyong komikero at manunulat. (Hangga't may stock!) Magkikita pa rin tayo sa mga Komikon, Komiket, Manila International Book Fair, at book events kung saan kami imbitado. (Basta't pupunta kayo.).”

The company also said it would not launch new literary works. However, it is confident that other companies would fill up the void. 

“Ikinalulungkot naming hindi na kami makapaglalabas ng mga bagong akda, pero tiwala kaming madaling mapupunan ng mga kapwa namin publisher ang puwang, kasama na ang puwersa ng independent publishers (kung saan kami kabilang noon) na unti-unti na ring nakikilala at nagbibigay daan para sa mga bagong manunulat. Umaasa at naniniwala kami na mababasa at mababasa pa rin ninyo sila.”

Visprint also thanked their readers who are clamoring to save the company. But instead of #SaveVisprint, the company said it is better to call for #SaveFilipinoAuthorsKomikeros.

“Pangalagaan at pahalagahan natin ang bagong henerasyon ng mga alagad ng sining sa larangang ito—ang mga manunulat at komikero. Hindi na sapat na basahin lang sila, mahalagang maging katuwang din tayo sa pagpapalaganap ng kamalayan tungkol sa kanila at kanilang mga akda. Pag-usapan, punahin, kilalanin ang iba't ibang uri ng akdang nababasa ninyo.”

“Ipaalam sa publishers ang mga aklat na nais ninyong mabasa. Laging itanong sa bookstores ang mga akdang hinahanap ninyo at kung bakit wala ito sa kanilang mga tindahan. Suportahan ang independent publishers at self-published authors/comic artists. Nasa kamay ninyo, mga mambabasa, ang kinabukasan at pagpapatuloy ng mga akdang Filipino.”

Visprint started in the printing business in 1984. They ventured into publishing in 2001, stacking bookstores with their books that gained attention locally and abroad.

The company is also known for giving Filipino authors a space in the literary world. 

Apart from Bob Ong’s “ABNKKBSNPLAko?!,” “Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino?,” “Ang Paboritong Libro ni Hudas” and “Stainless Longganisa,” to name a few, Visprint is also known for "Ang Kagilagilalas Na Pakikipagsapalaran Ni Zsazsa Zaturnnah," "Kikomachine Komix,” “Trese,” "It's Not That Complicated," "Anim Na Sabado ng Beyblade," and more. 

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